Ospreys beat Wasps in Anglo Welsh LV= Cup

The Ospreys beat London Wasps 18-13 at the The Riverside Hardware Brewery Field in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup on Sunday.

There was little between the sides but better goal-kicking – from Dai Flanagan
and then Dan Biggar – saw the Ospreys home despite the visitors scoring the
game’s only tries through Mark van Gisbergen and Tom Varndell.

With the Liberty Stadium unavailable due to the Swansea v Cardiff Championship
match, a crowd of 4,800 turned out to witness a dismal spectacle.

Wasps lacked control at half-back and failed to make enough use of impressive
wings, Richard Haughton and Varndell, who troubled the Ospreys’ defence whenever
they were in possession.

The visitors should have held a comfortable lead by half-time but missed chances
and poor goal-kicking cost them dear.

The second half was shaded by the Ospreys in terms of possession and territory
but they rarely threatened the visitors’ try line and had to rely on kicks for
all their points.

In centre Tom Isaacs, they had the most determined runner on show and he easily
outshone the Wasps combination of Dominic Waldouck and Riki Flutey.

The hosts took an early lead when Flanagan kicked a third-minute penalty after
Wasps were penalised at a scrum 40 metres out.

Wasps soon responded and a long pass from Varndell saw Haughton hauled down
narrowly short of the Ospreys’ line.

The visitors then had a succession of attacking five-metre scrums but could
not capitalise on them.

Wasps should have drawn level but Dave Walder made a dreadful hash of a 25-metre
penalty attempt, and they were made to pay for their inaccuracies after 28 minutes
when Flanagan extended the Ospreys’ lead with a well-struck angled penalty.

Almost immediately, though, Wasps responded with the first try of the game.
They moved the ball sweetly along the line for Haughton to evade the tackle
of Gareth Owen and provide the inside scoring pass to the supporting Van Gisbergen.

Walder’s conversion attempt from the touchline again went horribly astray.

Just before the interval the fly-half again had a chance to give his side a
deserved half-time lead but his long-range penalty attempt fell short to leave
the Ospreys 6-5 ahead at the interval.

Wasps suffered a blow within four minutes of the restart when the lively Van
Gisbergen left the field with an injury.

The Ospreys then produced their most fluid move of the game. Isaacs started
the momentum with a fine angled run out of defence and it was continued by Justin
Tipuric and Craig Cross. The visitors conceded a penalty and Flanagan was successful
with a simple kick to extend his side’s lead.

Another fine run from centre Isaacs put the Ospreys on the attack once again
and, when Wasps offended, Flanagan kicked his fourth penalty to give his side
a 12-5 advantage going into the final quarter.

Biggar was introduced to replace Flanagan just before the hour mark but it
was Wasps who collected the next score when Walder was eventually on target
with a 20-metre penalty.

However, that score was soon cancelled out when Biggar dropped a neat goal.

The Welshman nearly extended the Ospreys’ lead soon after, only to be narrowly
beaten to the touchdown after a kick and a chase, but he then added another
penalty to give the hosts a 10-point cushion.

Wasps scored a late consolation try through Varndell but again Walder missed
the kick and the Ospreys held on for victory.

Final Score Ospreys 18 (6) London Wasps 13 (5)


Penalties: Flanagan 4, Biggar
Drop-goals: Biggar

London Wasps
Tries: van Gisbergen, Varndell
Penalties: Walder


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